Lunch da GiggettoSeptember 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C
Typical Roman fried artichokes and zucchini flowers
Typical Roman fried artichokes and zucchini flowers
My fav European capital city!
Staying in a 15th century apartment in a cool, old neighborhood.
Saw the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia, Foro Romano ruins and the arch of Titus.
The highlight was a lunch feast and eating three icecreams over the course of the day!
3 hour guided tour with Jesse limping through the Sistine Chapel on crutches.
St Peters basilica and square were awesome.
Another lunch FEAST at Piazza Navono after a huge day of walking made the pasta and beer taste SOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!
Mostly in our neighborhood and just across the river.
We did two walks.
In the day from about 8:30 to 14:30 starting and ending in our apartment.
We then went out again for the food tour in the evening starting at 17:00.
Distance: 17,594 steps; 17.1 km.
Weather: 19 degrees mostly sunny.
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Today's theme was 'Ancient Rome'
We took the #8 tram to Piazza Venezia, then Bus 81 to past the Colosseum and began our walk from there. After the show, we walked back to Pz Venezia for the tram back home.
Distance: 20,355 steps; 12.1 km
Weather: Sunny and warm, high of 18 in the day. Cooler and windy in the eveningRead more
Today's theme was Vatican City.
Took a taxi to Vatican at 07:00 and walked back. Home around 18:00.
Distance: 17.061 steps 11.8 km. Another active day.
Weather: Threatening when we went into the museum and some sprinkles as we left St. Peter's, but cleared and ended up 21 degrees.
Today' we toured "Centro Storico" -- the historic heart of Rome.
Our walk both started and ended at home.
Distance: 20,306 steps; 13.9 km
Weather: Sunny and warm, high of 23
From the Tridente to the Aventine
Started with the H bus to Reppublica to catch the Metro, but it was closed weekends for work. The replacement shuttle bus Navette did not run very frequently, but eventually connected us to the Flaminio Metro where we began our morning ramble.
After lunch, we waited for Bus #160 which ran all the way past Circo Massimo. Our afternoon walk ended at home.
Distance: 23,395 steps; 17.7 km
Weather was sunny, then cloudy but no rain developed.
We stand here waiting in another queue, this time for some of Trastevere’s, and possibly Rome’s best pasta. Traditional dishes such as Amitricana, cacio e Pepe and carbonara al reside here in a very small hole in the wall with a seating capacity of about 30 that spills onto the cobble streets.
This morning we rose with slightly sore heads, well let’s just say tired heads after our night out. We headed straight to the Basilica di San Petro where given our early start and arrival of just before 8am, rewarded us with a quick entry through security and before we knew it (yep, more steps along narrow and curved tunnels), we were up at the top of the dome. The sun shone directly onto us, lighting up the square before us as we watched the hoards of tourists and groups parading after umbrellas, flags and other tall devices, start to pour in.
On our way down, we stopped at the souvenir shop which sits on top of the basilica roof, where it is some what of a tradition for people to send a postcard home utilising the Vatican’s Postale system. This system in faction doesn’t use Italiene Poste, but rather the more reliable Swiss postal service! We fulfilled the tradition and headed into the basilica for a wander around.
The basilica is nothing short of impressive, both Kate and I commented on the sheer magnitude of its scale. It really is so large that it’s difficult to digest. Statues that look a few meters tall stand 6 meters high, and mosaics and frescos line every inch of the huge walls. The nave alone is 46m high with the dome capping it off at a whopping 137m. That’s taller than any living tree in the world (my natural reference point).
We left the basilica and it was still only morning so after pulling out our tourist map, we set a course of walking to the main sites. We refuelled on some delicious pizza purchased by weight, then headed north to the expansive Piazza del Popolo. Not much to see really, and by this stage, the thermostat was pushing towards 33 degrees, so we wandered down to the Spanish Steps. Last time I was here, I remember sticking my head into the fountain and getting a seriously water-logged ear, so when I went in for the dive today, I was far more cautious. With a wet and cooled head, we wandered through the streets to the Pantheon. Another mega structure of Roma! While sitting and admiring its beauty, we wondered about the brilliance in creating the dome with its huge hole open to the sky. Perhaps it’s similar to the construction of a giant pizza oven; but then how does one keep it in tact without a keystone at its centre...
Feeling weary, we ate delicious authentic creamy gelato at Quinto Gelataria them drank a spritz at Piazza Navona while watching the Instagramers attempt to capture the beauty (of themselves of course, not the square).
And so, we end up here at Da Enzo eating pasta. Real, pasta. And my gosh, it was good. Rigatoni Amatriciana with my new favourite meat, Guancaile. While Kate devoured their famous Cacio e Pepe, a creamy sauce made with pecorino, starchy pasta water and pepper from Sarawak! This is the same famous pepper we bought back from our time in Malaysia last year. After the pasta course we were filling up quickly, having also chowed down on local sourdough and olio with salt and pepper as a starter, accompanied by a drop of the house Chianti. Despite this, more was on its way - an insulata mista and two of the special meatballs. The balls were the size of Kates fists, made up of slow cooked pork (probably) and them deep fried in a crispy arancini style shell. The were finished in a pomodorro and Parmesan sauce then dusted with cocoa.
We are quite content.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Sant' Angelo, saint angelo, san angelo, Sant'Angelo